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Succulent garden


One of the best things about living in California is the amazing succulents growing all over. I wanted to take some macro photos of some super small succulents so I went to one of my favorite local gardens. This cobweb sempervirens is about the size of my thumb and grows in large clusters. The cobweb on the outside of this succulent is interesting I have never seen anything like it.

Title: Cobweb Sempervirens
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


This succulent is a Senecio ‘Kilimanjaro’ and makes a wonderful house plant. I love the soft silver-gray green color of the leaves of this succulent.

Title: Senecio ‘Kilimanjaro’
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


Aeonium is a genus of about 35 species of succulents that are my all time favorites. I love the bright green and red outline of this small tree houseleek succulent.

Title: Tree houseleek
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


Crassula capitella is native to southern Africa and grows extremely well in southern California. This is one of the most wild shaped succulents I have ever seen with its propeller-like leaves. I hope you enjoy this group of succulents.

Title: Crassula capitella
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter

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Easter eggs


Enjoy some easter egg photos! Happy Easter.

Title: Pink egg
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Title: Egg basket
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Title: Rainbow eggs
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Title: Easter eggs
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

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Isn’t life under the sun just a crazy dream


I wanted to create some surreal portraits so I took a hike in the Santa Monica mountains late in the afternoon. At the top of the mountain I felt so close to the moon. I wanted to create a feeling of being pulled away from earth by the gravity of the moon. This was my favorite photo of the day I hope you enjoy it.

Title: Moon… beam me up
Location: Newbury Park, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


I took this photo down in the canyon. Down in the canyons all you want to find is some warm sunlight.

Title: Look into the light
Location: Newbury Park, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


I love how this photo turned out. I always feel so small when I’m hiking in the Santa Monica mountains and wanted to show that in this image. We are all so small on this little earth.

Title: Just a small girl in a big world
Location: Newbury Park, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

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Hiking up close


I found this animal bone while on a hike a few weeks ago. I think bones are super interesting to photograph. The contrast between the dark earth and ivory bone look beautiful in this photo.

Title: Death is all around
Location: Newbury Park, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This was the only leaf I found left on this shrub after the springs wildfire.

Title: Last leaf
Location: Newbury Park, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


I get so excited seeing new plant life in the Santa Monica mountains.

Title: New green
Location: Newbury Park, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


I found lots of bur cucumbers in bloom all over the mountains.

Title: Bur cucumber flowers
Location: Newbury Park, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

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Black and white dry river bed


California is in a huge drought still. I am always looking for dried up river and lake beds to photograph. I love the patterns created by the dry cracking earth. I love the high contrast in the black and white photos. I hope you enjoy this minimalist collection of black and white photography.

Title: Broken earth
Location: Solvang, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Title: Dry river bed
Location: Solvang, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Title: Cracking pattern
Location: Solvang, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Title: River in drought
Location: Solvang, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

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Soft seascape


I love spending time on the beach. It’s getting warmer outside, I can’t wait for summer! My favorite part of this photo is the soft colorful reflection of the sky in the water.

Title: Soft reflection
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer


The shape of the silhouetted island is beautiful against the sunset.

Title: Silhouette island
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer


The Port Hueneme beach is having a big coastal erosion proble. This is creating lots of little rivers all over the beach just like this one.

Title: Beach river
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer


This river has receded exposing the roots of this shrub.

Title: Shrub roots
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer

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Solvang garden


While I was in Solvang walking around I found a small local garden. I had to stop and take some photos of the flowers around this little garden. I hope you enjoy this collection of photos.

Title: Hot pink snapdragon
Location: Solvang, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Title: Green shrub
Location: Solvang, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Title: Poppy flower buds
Location: Solvang, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Title: Solvang gardens wagon wheel
Location: Solvang, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

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I am somebody


A few months ago I joined an amazing group of photographers called “Fine Art Photography”. The group is geared towards fine art portraits. Joining this group has inspired me to start sharing and creating fine art portraits. I hope you enjoy this surreal photo.

Title: I Am Somebody
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

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A taste of Denmark in California


I visited Solvang last weekend. Downtown Solvang is a little taste of Denmark with warm California weather. My favorite part of the day was eating pastries at the local bakeries.

Title: Danish windmill
Location: Solvang, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The Danish-styled architecture creates an authentic Danish atmosphere throughout Solvang.

Title: Danish shop
Location: Solvang, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

The first of the village’s four windmills was built in the mid 1940′s after a local architect got back from a trip to Denmark.

Title: Main street windmill
Location: Solvang, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Solvang has become a major California tourist attraction for a good reason. If you ever get the chance to visit I would highly recommend it.

Title: Solvang clock tower
Location: Solvang, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

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Silhouette mountains


As I climbed down the gorge the view of the Boney mountains started to disappear behind the burned mountainside.

Title: Hidden Boney mountains
Location: Newbury Park, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


At the end of the hike the marine layer started rolling in creating beautiful silhouettes of the mountains.

Title: Dark marine layer
Location: Newbury Park, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


I loved how the mountains looked through my sunglasses so I wanted to create an image showing the purple tint through the sunglasses.

Title: View through sunglasses
Location: Newbury Park, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This photo shows the fire damage in the valley, it looks like the dark burned brush is slowly taking over the green grass.

Title: Burned valley
Location: Newbury Park, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8